Looking back and looking forward

When I was in my teen, I was very passionate with birds and spent endless time painting and observing them. Later, when I enter art school my interest in art expanded, slowly i stopped painting them.

The last few years, out from nowhere the interest returned.  I started to paint bird again.

The first owl watercolor was painted 40 years ago and the next was painted last week.

grey owl old s

the eyes of the owl s

Animals in art

When I was a teenager I was very into drawing and painting birds and animals. Everyday, after school I head to the local museum, using the displays of animals and birds as my model for my painting. Pretty soon, the … Continue reading

When artist got a cold

kingfisher revisit

As the autumn moving in with the sudden cold air many are getting sick. Yesterday, as soon as I got up somehow I didn’t feel my normal self and realized I came down with a cold. Instead of take it easy and get more rest, I decided to work on my painting in spite of it. By the time the painting was finished my cold was all but gone. The power of art!
Kingfisher revisit, watercolor on Arches paper, 22”x14”

The power of social medium


touch down

Yesterday, after I post my latest “mobile art” (drawings I done while riding the subway). Right away, one of my followers asks if I wanted to sell it. Soon than I say yes, she brought it and sent the money to my pay pal account. This been happened a lot recently, I sold another painting to someone on Facebook as well.

In the old days, most of my sales were through galleries. First, I need to had it framed, delivered to the gallery wait for a buyer to purchase it. Even when the work finally sold, I still have to wait for three months to be paid and the gallery would keep 50% as commission.

Now, with the power of the internet and social medium, all I need is create the art, upload and it sells by itself and no more needs to share my income.

Drawing with my knife


I been getting rather ambitious with my paper cutting. I wanted to see how  fine the cutting I can get. This latest paper cut of the Kingfisher I able to cut out some very fine lines as thin as pencil lines. It is like drawing with just my knife. I am happy how this turn out.  this piece is 8″x11″

Art in a Box Part 2

Last year,I meet an artist in San Francisco she was preparing an exhibition in Paris. They were all small paintings on paper, from 6’ to 12” square.  She explained it was easy to travel with and her whole show could fit right into a small suitcase.

I really like her idea of storing her art in a box and this idea planted seed in my head.

Early this year, I started to work on my idea of art in a box. The first two were using paper cut with boxes I had found.

 Here are the two I made last month:

art in a shoe boxcat in a box

However, as I continue to think how to create art inside a box and more ideas came. My latest art in a box is evolved from the paper cut ones I did last month but combined with my watercolor painting.

I first painted this owl in the wood and when I was satisfy with how it look I started to cut away part of the background, in order to add more leaves and branches.

Here is my finished art in a box:

“Owl in the wood”, watercolor, paper cut in a Nike shoe box, 9″x12″

owl in a box